What Weapons Were the Inner Soldiers Supposed to Wield?
One of the interesting key differences about the Outer Sailor Soldiers is that, unlike the Inners, they all have their own weapons / talismans. Even Sailor Moon and Sailor ChibiMoon get on the trend and have their own various sticks, rods, and kaleidoscopes! So why is it that the Inner Sailor Soldiers miss out on this pattern and don’t have their own weapons? The fact of the matter is: it wasn’t always meant to be that way. So what were the Sailor Soldiers armed with?
One thing that we should get out of the way first, though, is that obviously Sailor Venus is a bit of an exception to this rule. Having started out as the sailor-suited warrior of love and justice, Sailor V, Minako was granted her own assortment of transformation items and attacks, though most of these didn’t carry through to Sailor Moon.
The status of Sailor Venus’ Love Me Chain is also a bit unclear, since in the manga it seems to pretty clearly be an attack utilizing the chain wrapped around her waist as a belt, while the anime seems to portray it as a magical / energy attack.
In the manga, she also wields — for a short time — the Sword of the Silver Crystal, a mystical sword kept at the ruins of the Moon Kingdom and the very sword which Princess Serenity used to kill herself after the death of Prince Endymion.
But what about the rest of the Sailor Soldiers? As we all know, the idea of the Sailor Team is loosely based on the super sentai concept popular in Japanese children’s programming,1 and weapons unique to each character is a common theme in those series. Upon going back to Ms. Takeuchi’s original concept art2 leading up to the creation of the manga, it seems that in addition to the items we already know about, there were some more weapons originally planned for each of the characters. Let’s take a look!
This is of course the pocket computer we all know and love. Nothing special written here!
|Transformation Pen / Computer
What is interesting about Sailor Mercury’s original pen is that, according to the original design, it was meant to be a computer as well.
Not only does the microphone come out from her earring, but originally she was supposed to use it together with her nail polish to release a fog and blind enemies.
Or, as Ms. Takeuchi describes it: “Like the Terminator, there is a computer built-in and an image appears on the inside.” Possibly related to Ami’s origins as a cyborg?
Prior to transformation the pendant didn’t have any special abilities, but after transforming into Sailor Mars, she was originally intended to use the pendant to shoot fire.
|Transformation Pen / Saber
Not only does her transformation pen have a unique arrow shape to it (possibly a precursor to her Flame Sniper attack used much later in the series?), but after transforming it was supposed to extend out and turn into a saber, to be used as a weapon.
Interestingly enough, the inspiration behind Rei’s ofuda wasn’t originally a Shinto connection, but was described in Ms. Takeuchi’s notes as being akin to the paper talisman popularly depicted on Jiangshi — a Chinese hopping vampire.3
Not a weapon per se, but listed among Makoto’s items is a bottle of rose perfume, which she carries with her wherever she goes.
|Transformation Pen / Whip
In addition for being used to transform Makoto into Sailor Jupiter, according to the notes the pen was also supposed to extend out into a whip for her to use against enemies.
|Chain Belt / Rose Potpourri
Sailor Jupiter is described as also having a chain belt, but in the center of it was a plastic4 case which was to be filled with rose potpourri. When she opened it up, a rose petal storm would come out to blind the enemies.
Much like was actually used in the anime and manga, an antenna was to pop out and be used in her signature lightning attack.
And there you have it! While some of Ms. Takeuchi’s original ideas were ultimately used in the manga and the anime, it’s interesting to see what could have been when considering the additional weapons and items for each character. Perhaps some of them, like Makoto’s perfume, did actually make it into the manga but were never called out?
Ultimately, I think the magical powers suit the Sailor Team much better than any weapons could, and the addition of the deadly Silence Glaive and other weapons in the third story arc added a further sense of strength to the Outer Sailor Soldiers, so I suppose I’m okay with the difference.
Still, though, it’s always fascinating to see what could have been!